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Seeing behind objects

I was doing some testing to see how smooth the bokeh would be with my lens and subjects at different distances when I noticed something weird (to me). Basically by only changing the focus point in the ...
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Vuescan focus batch-scanning slides on Nikon LS-8000

I would like to scan batches of 5 mounted 35mm slides in my Nikon LS-8000, using Vuescan. I am confused about how best (and easiest) to achieve good focus. The simplest thing is to set the focus ...
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Is the focus point a variable or absolute size?

In illustrations of the focus point of a sense, it looks to me to be infinitely small and as a result the resulting convergence of light would not yield an image. If the focus point is NOT infinitely ...
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Distant objects not in focus

This is almost certainly my fault, not the camera. I mostly shoot landscapes with myself in the foreground via a small tripod: My former camera was a Sony A5000 and for these kinds of shots (see ...
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How to use focus points in manual focus mode on Canon EOS 6D?

I just got my first DSLR, a Canon EOS 6D with 50mm f1.8 lens. I'm tring to learn by watching YouTube, but have some questions. When I use the lens on MF and the body on MF, I can't focus using the ...
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What could cause the focus to be off in some images and not others?

I took a number of photos like the one here. Each was at the same settings but each time I asked the camera to focus (with a single focus point) and the focus point right on the girls face. The ...
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Focus in Analog and Digital Cameras [duplicate]

Why a subject not in focus in the viewfinder of an analog camera is seen as two misaligned half circles, while in that of a digital camera is evenly blurred?
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How to identify main subject of the photo and set focus?

I am using Nikon D5600. While on street photo shoot, I clicked a couple of photos and submitted on one of the stock photo website. Few photos got approved whereas few were rejected with a comment. ...
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MFT camera with quick focus point choice

I used to have a Canon DSLR camera which allowed a quick selection between 9 different focus point with a nub on the back (1 for each direction and center) or a wheel to cycle. I now have a Panasonic ...
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Focussing area is different in live view than when viewed in viewfinder

When I use the AF-S mode or any other mode through the view finder, I can see an area in which the focus point can be moved. It is relatively small. What if I want to focus out of that area or focus ...
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How are the red focus point indicators displayed on a DSLR's focusing screen?

The question Why do the focus points leds in my viewfinder appear shadowed? raises another question for me. How are these indicator lights implemented in typical DSLRs? Are they actually small LEDs ...
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How can I effectively use the focus points (of Canon DSLR), to get accurate focus on a small subject?

I'm shooting birds with my Canon 1200D and 55-250mm lens. I know this is not ideal lens and focal length for bird photography. But I am new to this field and before investing on expensive equipment, ...
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Is recomposing ideal rather than changing focus point?

As a beginner in photography I’ve stumbled across several videos stating that the center point is the sharpest and most accurate point as apposed to the others. I’ve seen many photographers take ...
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Focus point causing unsharp images?

It seems that some pictures I’m taking just aren’t tack sharp, I’ve been shooting in Aperture Priority and I’ve made sure to avoid camera shake and such. Based off the picture below what would be a ...
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Why isn't my Canon 70D autofocus accurate in manual zone AF mode with a 50mm f/1.8 lens?

I recently purchased a Canon 70D for its dual pixel autofocusing system and ISO performance. I am in love with this feature rich-camera; however I found the camera's autofocus fails to function ...
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Does an offset split-focus screen exist?

I shoot a Nikon F3 SLR with a split-focus screen, and I do a lot of portraits with very shallow depth of fields (e.g. 50mm f2.8 at 0.5m). When I shoot a portrait I focus on the eye first, then ...
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How do you even see the focus area rectangle when in dark?

I was reading the manual for my camera and well they have a rectangular kind of area that they show in viewfinder and those little squares as focus point and how to change those focus points. But the ...
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Does the autofocus work only if we touched an AF point on the camera's touchscreen?

As in here, if we touched the area outside that is covered by squares, nothing would happen or what?
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Can more than one focus point be selected?

Nowadays days, almost every DSLR camera comes with many focal points — 9, 11, 22 etc. Many of them provide us with settings to manually chose a focus point while shooting images, apart from the auto-...
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Is evaluative metering linked to multiple focus points?

This question is about some slight confusion about evaluative metering on a Canon EOS-1V (and possibly early 1D bodies as well). In the manual, the picture for evaluative metering looks like this: ...
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Is there a way to lock the focus point on the Nikon D5500?

Is there a way to lock the focus point on the Nikon D5500? On other models there is a dedicated "L" switch but I can't find a similar function on the D5500. As a workaround I have to hit OK after each ...
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Is there a secret way to make the Fujifilm X-Pro 1's autofocus point selection faster?

I think the answer to this is "no", but it may actually be available and I'm just not figuring out how to toggle the setting. The X-Pro 1 has a wealth of AF points — 49 in EVF mode and 25 in OVF mode....
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Is it Possible to Remove the Autofocus Points From the Viewfinder When Using a Split Focusing Screen?

I'm new to photography and recently purchased a Canon 60D. I purchased a split focusing screen from amazon and replaced the stock focusing screen. I still see the autofocus points in the viewfinder, ...
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How do I select a single AF point with Canon EOS 100D

In my last holidays I mistaken a lot of shots failing to focus the subject. For example when my son was inside a big tree, the multipoint AF got in focus the tree and not my son. The EOS 100D manual ...
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Best technique for taking sharp photos with only a few auto focus points? [duplicate]

I have some Canon APS-C cameras which only have 9 or 11 AF points and I find the focus points are mostly in the center of the view finder. I work around it by finding the closest point, half-pressing ...
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How to focus on multiple object of interest [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5300. Mode: Manual ISO: 100 (Bright Daylight) Aperture: f/5.3 Shutter:1/80 Lens: 70-300mm I am trying to find a way to focus on multiple objects, in my case, a bouquet of flowers. ...
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How do I determine focus points in Adobe Lightroom?

Not sure if this is possible or not in Adobe Lightroom. I would like to see the focus points chosen by my Canon DSLR. I am guessing this is stored somewhere in the EXIF, but I'm not certain. I find ...
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How can I take a picture of a family and have everyone be in sharp focus?

The other day I was trying to take a picture of all my family spread out. When I put the image onto the big screen, the people in the middle were in focus and those around the edge weren't in focus. ...
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How to focus on more objects at the same time while maintaining shallow DOF?

How can I focus on more objects, say three dogs sitting in front of you, while maintaining a nice background blur/shallow DOF? I have a kit lens ranging from 18-55mm with a variable aperture of f/3.5-...
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How do I take a sharp picture of a large crowd of faces?

I've been asked to take a picture of my church (the people, not the building we meet in). They're renting a lift I can use to get adequate height to fit all ~250 people into the frame, but I'm kind of ...
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Nikon D3300 - Trouble Focusing on Birds both Stationary & Moving

I would like to know how to correct for the problem of capturing moving (or even stationary) birds amid foliage. Too often I end up with a blur even when I use a fast shutter under bright sunlight. ...
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Canon 7d & 24-70 ii - can't get a crisp or well exposed shot [duplicate]

As the title says, I'm shooting a canon 7d (mi) with the newly acquired Canon L 24-70 ii. I can't tell if I've suddenly forgotten how to shoot, or if both Green and Av mode are messing with me. I've ...
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I don't need anything to be blurred. I need everything to be focused [duplicate]

The scene is at the distance of say 10 feet. I own Nikon d7200 and a lens of 18-140 mm. There are three cats here and there (not together), but many of my images focused on one/two cats and not all ...
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What are the pros and cons of using macro rail vs lens focus?

I am interested in doing focus stacking for macro shots and from what I understand there are two techniques for doing this. One is to use a macro rail that adjusts the length to the subject (e.g ...
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How can I focus when my camera is on a tripod and none of the focus points line up?

Today I was shooting two persons with my camera (Canon 7D) on a tripod. One person, the one I wanted to be in focus, was composed so far out of the center that I don't have any focus point close to ...
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Which focus mode should I use for a portrait shoot?

I have to do a portrait shoot for a friend. My camera (Pentax K-30) allows me to focus in the following modes: 1 focus point (center) 11 auto focus points 5 auto focus points I haven't yet ...
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How do I tell my T2i to use a particular spot for AF reference?

I just got a 50mm f/1.2 to go along with my T2i, but many of my photos are out of focus because the AF catches my subject's knee instead of her eyes, despite focusing on her eyes and recomposing. ...
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What's the advantage of many autofocus points rather than fewer spread wider across the field? [duplicate]

I have a D3200 with 11 focusing points: The newer and more expensive bodies have even more focus points like e.g. the D610: I mostly work in Single-point AF mode, which means I choose one of the 11 ...
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What is a good focus point for street photography when using zone focusing?

For example, I am using Fuji X100T (35mm), and according to this video [1], Doug McKinlay suggested that turn to f8, and to focus at 10 feet distance, and so from 5 feet to infinity will be in focus, ...
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Why is the focus indicator light always on in single point focus mode on my D7000?

I switched my settings on my Nikon D7100 to single point focus but now as soon as I turn my camera on, I have a square focus icon in my viewfinder, not just when I press on back button focus. This can'...
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Where do we focus when shooting cars in a street?

f I just want to put the camera at night at the corner of a street to get long exposure effect of the cars that are moving for their car lights, What is the focus settings I should use? Should I also ...
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How to shoot/capture the droplets of water being sprayed through a spray bottle

I am trying to capture the droplets of water while being sprayed on a subject through a spray bottle. What I mean here is - when I am spraying the water on my subject, I want to capture the droplets ...
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Auto focus vs Single Continuous/Point focus

I'm using a D600. Sometimes, having the ability to select my focus point is good. However, in certain situations, moments can be lost when you're framing or moving the focus point to the subject in ...
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If I'm using only one focus point, am I doing it wrong?

Unless I have to shot a person or an object which moves, I set my camera to use only one focus point at the middle. It feels just more natural and so easy: when I need to focus on something which is ...
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Learning from one's blurred photos: where was the focus point set?

After some shooting, I inevitably find that some photos (and by Murphy, often the best ones) have a blurred subject. Even if the shots are spontaneous and hence the subject is hardly static, I ...
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How do I make the focus point indicators stay long enough to select on the Canon 60D?

I have just switched from the Canon 500D to a 60D. Most of my work is property based, and this is therefore 90% internal flash shots where I often wish to pick out a particular spot for best focus. ...
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Why don't cameras have autofocus points in the edges and corners?

On all the DSLRs I've used, there are never any autofocus points near the edges and corners. Why is that?
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How to get tack sharp portraits with shallow DOF when lacking an AF point where I want to focus?

What is the best way to get tack sharp portraits with shallow depth of field when lacking an auto focus point where I want to focus. I don't want to crop and "focus and recompose" is not an option ...
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How does autofocus point selection relate to manual focus?

Every lens I have comes with an auto-focus / manual focus switch. How should it be used if I am shooting on AV mode? If I were to select one of the focus points, do I need to have the lens on auto-...